I usually spend some time sifting through thought-provoking analyses and commentaries. I find I learn more about Malaysia that way than by reading new reports. One of the great things about the new Malaysia – even if not everything is going our way – is that we are seeing more openness in critical thinking – and this is coming out in various writings in the media.
Academic Tajuddin Rasdi, I feel, has been making waves with his writings of late. He is fast becoming a writer to watch. Check out these two latest articles of his
This piece by Tajuddin Rasdi hits the nail on the head, I believe. He makes us reflect on who we are trying to impress with all the grandeur we put into places of worship. This one strikes a chord with me, for I have often wondered about churches as well. Who are we trying to impress with all those endless building and renovation projects? Do we think of the opportunity costs involved? Do we place as much emphasis on caring for the poor and marginalised in our midst? Are our places of worship becoming more inclusive and welcoming – or are the walls and fences going higher and higher?
This is a heart-warming account of Tajuddin’s school life in a Taiping Chinese school, and how he was embraced by his schoolmates from a different ethnic background. Tajuddin shows us what is possible in the new Malaysia if only we are courageous enough to celebrate and embrace our diversity.
And check out this report:
Here, Azmil Tayeb raises some pointed questions about the nature of religious education in our country and whether it is preparing students for life in a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country.
Of course, check out the Aliran website for other articles and analyses